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Sorry, Butch: Taggart leaving WKU for USF

Willie Taggart AP

Just a short time ago, we noted that Butch Davis had hoped to be considered as a serious candidate for the opening at USF.

As it turns out, Davis’ hope turned into a false one as multiple media outlets are reporting that Willie Taggart has been named as the program’s new head football coach.  Taggart will leave Western Kentucky and replace Skip Holtz, fired earlier this month after three years on the job.

While neither school has confirmed the move, numerous Hilltopper players tweeted the news following a meeting with what appears to be their now-former head coach.

An announcement from USF concerning the Taggart hiring is expected at some point this weekend.

Taggart has spent the past three seasons at WKU, leading the Hilltoppers to their first-ever bowl appearance this season.

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11 Responses to “Sorry, Butch: Taggart leaving WKU for USF”
  1. ukraiders says: Dec 7, 2012 9:15 PM

    Again great hire. Wish Taggart the nest and this news was broke by the comment section of the previous post an hour ago. Haha.

  2. christopher525 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:19 PM

    So, they’re going to take another coach, who’s made “strides” at a smaller than small school, and HOPE he does something again? Hope this one works out for them at least.

  3. orthomarine says: Dec 8, 2012 12:10 AM

    Amen Chris

  4. lesmoar says: Dec 8, 2012 1:45 AM

    I hope he knows his biggest problem is discipline. He’s got a bunch of guys that all want to be millionaires and they tend to forget what they are taught, with apparently no repercussions, so they just do it again. They need to be taught that there are just certain times of the game that you DON’T make mistakes! Good luck Willie!

  5. pb420 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:13 AM

    Before you start dismantling the new hire, think for a second. How many of you HOPED that the last guy would perform miracles because he was the son of that blathering, lisping old fool on espn?
    Willie Taggart is nothing short of a strict disciplinarian and expects nothing but the best from his players. Great hire USF!!

  6. christopher525 says: Dec 8, 2012 5:47 AM

    Still think they made a huge mistake in firing Leavitt. He’s now coaching the LB’s for the 49ers.

  7. chachooga says: Dec 8, 2012 8:05 AM

    In light of the Colorado firing, is it racism that Butch Davis was passed up for Taggart?
    ;) Woe is me…the liberal Disney/ESPN/ABC and their political agenda in sports is so annoying.

    IT IS CALLED WINNING! Good Luck to Taggart! I would have taken Butch Davis….I am sure he was asking a lot of mula.

  8. Rockie D. Bull says: Dec 8, 2012 8:22 AM

    So the Bull$pit Bulls decided to hire a 16-20 Div II coach – this proves that the Bulls powers that be are “CHEAP-CHEAP-CHEAP” like the Rays so this guy fits their pocketbook. “HOPE” is what they bought with this hire, NOT a viable head coach. I am not a fan of this hire but will have to HOPE for the best as I did while the ID-10-t Leavitt and the even worse Holtz were in charge of the football program. Speaking of HOPE – why not Danny? Because he wouldn’t be “CHEAP-CHEAP-CHEAP” like Willie.

    What the Bulls do not need from Taggart is another version of “Mr Mediocrity” Jim Leavitt; teasing the fans every year by winning early then watching them collapse down the stretch as Leavitt got nuttier and nuttier. At least Taggert is a proven winner (at his current level) but it would seem to me he would have been a better hire for the University of Tampa’s program – and NOT the USF Bulls who proclaim they want to be competitive then hire the likes of Holtz and now Taggart.

    Until the Bulls start winning the recruiting war in Tampa Bay and get some of the quality players to stay home and play their college ball here, they will continue to be lucky to be a .500 program. They can’t compete in their current configuration with the Gators, Miami Sugarcanes and FSU because the USF facilities are just above non-existent. If a kid visits FSU one weekend and the Bulls the next – hands down he’ll go to Florida State because the Bulls can’t compete with the traditions, facilities and big time coaching staff that the Noles have.

    The Bulls could have hired Jim Tressel and in 3 years been competitive for a long time. Instead, Judy Genshaft and the AD go “CHEAP-CHEAP-CHEAP” and choose Taggart. Maybe they are they planning to take the program back to 1-AA to get some wins?

  9. bigdog3300 says: Dec 8, 2012 8:59 AM

    apparently most of you don’t know sh*t about taggart…he’s from tampa and has a stellar reputation there…he knows the area, has hc experience, young, passionate and for crying out loud he has led wku to multiple bowls!!

  10. ericdinosaur says: Dec 8, 2012 9:01 AM

    A lateral move for a program that HAD so much promise. The reason Jim Leavitt had this team in better shape than Holtz did is that he treated it like a d-1 team in a BCS conference that had every chance to compete in recruiting, coaching and on the field. Then Holtz comes in and acts like he’s still coaching ECU by putting a subpar product on the field and treating the job like a stepping stone. USF has its advantages in recruiting because of the area but Holtz didn’t build on the progress made. If a name like Butch Davis or Petrino is attached to this job, you pounce, because in small sample sizes, you know it works.

  11. zurnvs says: Dec 8, 2012 12:44 PM

    Your right Rockie, HOPE is not a course if action. You have to take action, not hope for it.

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